Associate Rector for Pastoral Care
(A Full-time Clergy Position)


Has God called you to the ministry of presence? Do you feel God’s presence most closely when you visit with someone who is sick or elderly? Would you enjoy helping shape the spiritual life of a large congregation? Would you like to live in the city that Business Insider magazine recently rated the #1 place to start a career?  Come to serve as associate rector for pastoral care at Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, Tennessee!                                             

Church of the Holy Communion is the spiritual home base for more than 400 people on an average Sunday. The associate rector for pastoral care will tend the flock by making home and hospital visits and coordinating visits made by other clergy. He or she will also support, train and encourage our highly developed network of pastoral care volunteers and offer spiritually enriching programs for the whole congregation. In addition, the associate rector for pastoral care will share in priestly responsibilities (e.g., preaching, teaching, administering the sacraments, etc.) and will participate in other ministries for which he or she is well-suited. 

Church of the Holy Communion is a constituent part of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, and it shares the experience of daily life with St. Mary’s Episcopal School. The associate rector for pastoral care will participate fully in both relationships.  

The associate rector for pastoral care will approach the entirety of his or her ministry with grace, good humor and an unwavering commitment to achieve excellence in all things while still maintaining good physical, spiritual and mental wellness. The successful candidate will be a priest of the Episcopal Church in good standing, or a recent seminary graduate awaiting ordination. He or she will hold a graduate theological degree from an accredited institution and will have satisfactorily completed at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at an accredited site.

The start date for this full-time position is expected to be July 1; however, an earlier date can be arranged. Nominations, applications and questions of any kind may be directed to Julie Ellis, convener of the Associate Rector Interview Committee, until the position is filled. A complete application packet will include a cover letter, resume, Office of Transition Ministry portfolio and three references. Samples of sermons and/or adult formation materials may be requested.

                                                                     Julie Ellis
                                  Convener of the Associate Rector Interview Committee 
Church of the Holy Communion 
645 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38117 
                                      ~ (901) 767-6987




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